Welsh doom mongers SPIDER KITTEN to release new album, sign to Undergoove Records
Friday 5th September, 2014
Legendary cult label Undergroove has announced an addition to it's growing roster with the recent signing of Welsh psychedelic doomers SPIDER KITTEN.
The label will release SPIDER KITTEN's next record, 'Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree' on 27th October.
The album is a wretched, tormented exploration of Norse Sagas and Eddas, painstakingly researched with the utmost respect and homage to the ancient peoples and religions of Scandinavia. Colossal in its power and scope, the tracks were only written and jammed once before entering the studio. Some were made up on the spot on the day of recording. The album also has guest spots including Stuart 'O.F.D.' O'Hara (from UK Doom legends Acrimony, Iron Monkey, Blackeyeriot and current Sigiriya) who lays down the rip-roaring guitar solo on 'Lindisfarena'; and Charlotte Nichols (ex - Crippled Black Phoenix) who performs the heart-wrenching cello parts on 'Gore Swan'.
Says drummer Chris West: "This album was never supposed to exist. From day one it was only meant to be a stop gap experiment. The intention we had was to simply "guff out some sludge". It was always meant as a filler for ourselves and the 'fans' before the next album. What it's in fact turned into is a different beast altogether.
I had an idea early on to have a story running through the songs based on my love of Norse mythology and Viking history, all due to being half Danish and very proud of this side of my soul. What it's turned into is somewhat of an exorcism of lyrical themes and ideas I've had for many many years, based on the Norse sagas and edda's. I am aware that every band always says the same thing when talking about their latest album but it truly is the heaviest thing we've ever created."
This is the start of an exciting chapter in the life of Spider Kitten. 2014 will see them release not only 'Behold Mountain...' but also enter the studio to record their next full-length album. Based around (get this) the life and times of a psychopathic expatriate Welsh drifter in the U S of A called Yakbone Wolftooth, the as-yet-untitled album takes in elements of blues, outlaw country and railroad music, as well as their usual brand of psychedelic doom meanderings. Stay tuned.
About Spider Kitten
Spider Kitten began in 2001 in Newport, a tatty and despondent city in South Wales, as a two-piece band with no drummer. Having gone through many an experimental line up change, sometimes being populated by members from other local bands to form a ‘big band’, these days they are now a 4 piece unit (being seemingly the longest and most stable line up to date) having added Rob on guitars, plus a drummer called Chris, who used to play bass in dearly departed South Wales metal band Taint but now hits sonorous surfaces like he wants them to be actually dead. The two longest standing members are Chi and Al, who over the last ten years have guided Spider Kitten through.
About Undergroove Records
Established in 1999, as well as releasing the GU Medicine catalogue, Undergroove has released music for esteemed artists such as Exit_International, Black Spiders, The Ghost Of A Thousand, Minus The Bear, Aereogramme, *shels, Sorry & The Sinatras, Charger, Twin Zero, My Ruin, Lazarus Blackstar, Co-Exist and many more.
Behold Mountain. Hail Sea. Venerate Sky. Bow Before Tree Tracklisting:
2. Bearded Axe
3. Gore Swan I: Of the Land II: Of the Sea III: Of the Sky
Progressive Metal rising stars VERSE VICA announce debut album, tease trailer
Wednesday 20th August, 2014
As prosaic pop culture drives an entire generation of music lovers to seize more challenging aural thrills, step forward progressive metal rising stars VERSE VICA who have announced that their debut album, ‘Endeavor’ will be released worldwide on October 6th.
Formed in North Carolina and fresh to the prog metal scene, VERSE VICA are a band fast on the rise, citing influences such as Animals as Leaders, The Contortionist and Between the Buried and Me. Their stellar full-length debut effort, 'Endeavor' is a 41 minute musical hybrid, journeying through the realms of prog, metal and post rock, effortlessly weaving from pounding aggression through fret board gymnastics to intelligent captivating melodies. With vocals mixed and the full record mastered by Jamie King (BTBAM, The Contortionist, Scale The Summit), the band plan to release an instrumental version of the album alongside the full version with vocals.
Discover the sound of VERSE VICA through their album trailer here:
Guitarist Paul Meisner explains what fans should expect from the band’s first full-length: "Endeavor represents everything we love about modern progressive metal. Our goal when writing the album was to have it be a single cohesive and unbroken piece of music, yet still allow each song to retain their own unique identity. Whether someone wants to listen to it all at once, or if they want to break it up instead, each will be a different experience. Either way, we really hope people enjoy the record and we can't wait to share it with everyone!"
Endeavor will be released worldwide on October 6th.
International prog-metal supergroup SKYHARBOR announce release date for sophomore album Guiding Lights
Thursday 21st August, 2014
Multi-national, award winning, progressive metal outfit SKYHARBOR have announced their sophomore album, Guiding Lights, will be released on November 10th via Basick Records.
Guiding Lights offers 10 tracks of exhilarating and heady progressive music, weaving a sonic tapestry of technically beautiful and imaginative melodies around crunchy metal riffs and sweeping, atmospheric vocals. The album was funded by fans after a fast paced and successful PledgeMusic campaign and has been mixed and mastered by legendary Australian producer Forrester Savell (Karnivool, Animals As Leaders, Dead Letter Circus).
Comments guitarist and songwriter Keshav Dhar: "We are thrilled to announce that our second record is officially complete, and it is titled 'Guiding Lights'. We have worked incredibly hard over the last two years on making this album the most spectacular effort we could create, and we thank our AMAZING fans for helping bring it to life and take it to the next level! We can't wait for you to sink your teeth into it!"
The album release rounds out a fantastic year for SKYHARBOR which has seen appearances at Download Festival, Graspop and a European tour, as well as a nomination for Global Metal Band at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. On top of this the band released their first single/video for Evolution in June which can be viewed here:
Guiding Lights follows on from the critically acclaimed 2011 debut 'Blinding White Noise: Illusion & Chaos' which won the band fans worldwide, including Lamb of God who handpicked the band to support them in India and saw the band picked to play at festivals across the globe whilst also resulting in awards for Best Song, Best Album and Best Band at the Rolling Stone India Metal Awards.
Guiding Lights will be released worldwide on November 10th via Basick Records. Pre-orders and bundle options will be available shortly. Catch the band live on the following dates:
22nd November - NH7, Pune, India
23rd November - Guwahati, India
28th November - Bangalore, India
29th November - NH7, Delhi, India
+ more dates to follow
GHOSTFEST announces Bleed From Within, Heart of a Coward, Your Demise 2004 and 10 more bands as well as stage splits
Friday 30th May, 2014
Ghostfest adds another 13 bands to its brutal line up as well as stage splits for the weekender taking place at Leeds Uni on 28 /29 June.
New additions are:
Bleed from Within, Heart of a Coward, Breakdown of Sanity, Your Demise 2004, Palm Reader, Broken Teeth, Dead Harts, Novelists, Early Seasons, Continents
Fathoms, The Catharsis and Black Dogs
Presented by IMPERICON, the weekend will feature two stages with 40 bands, including two yet to be announced SECRET HEADLINERS.
Full line-up so far:
SATURDAY MAIN STAGE
SECRET HEADLINER 1
BLEED FROM WITHIN
BETRAYING THE MARTYRS
BREAKDOWN OF SANITY
ANOTATIONS OF AN ORTOPSY
SATURDAY SECOND STAGE
NO SECOND CHANCE
COLD HARD TRUTH
ROAD TO GHOSTFEST WINNER
SUNDAY MAIN STAGE
SECRET HEADLINER 2
STICK TO YOUR GUNS
HEART OF A COWARD
BEING AS AN OCEAN
SUNDAY SECOND STAGE
YOUR DEMISE 2004
TRAIL AND ERROR
LOCK AND KEY
28 - 29 June 2014
Leeds Student Union
Tickets cost £37.50 Weekend / £27.50 Single day
UK TECH-FEST announces THE HAARP MACHINE, GOROD, ALIASES and NEXILVA, plus ten more bands
Friday 30th May, 2014
UK TECH-FEST is proud to announce another 14 bands to add to its already impressive line-up, with two more secret headliners still yet to be unveiled.
Back for its third year, the festival will be held at the prestigious Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire.
The latest line up additions are:
THE HAARP MACHINE (Europe exclusive)
also announced are:
RED SEAS FIRE, DESTRAGE, AEON ZEN, ATLANTIS CHRONICLES, IDIOM, ORION, KODEKS, MOUNTAINS UNDER OCEANS, THE COLOUR PINK IS GAY, and VALIS ABLAZE.
Official partners are once again Metal Hammer magazine, Jagermeister, Ibanez guitars, Double Slit guitars, Zilla Cabs and this year they are also joined by North Custom Drums.
Following the huge success of the sell-out event in 2012, UK TECH-FEST went outdoors in 2013, packing about 1000 people into The Plough events field in Peterborough. Now at the Newark Showground, TECH-FEST 2014 is set to be even bigger with more bands, bigger names and even more activities. In addition to the music, food, drink and general festival goodness, there will once again be music workshops, Q&As and demonstrations with some of the top artists, as well as instrument and gear manufacturer stalls from the event sponsors Zilla Cabs, North Custom Drums and Double Slit Guitars. Onsite camping will have showers and 24 hour food catering for a wide range of diets and tastes as well as a bar with a great selection of craft beers and ales, suitably complementing the calibre of the music.
With two more big names still to announce, UK TECH-FEST 2014 is set to once again be one of the most unique and exciting festivals of the year.
Weekend tickets cost £59.99 (+£20 for camping) and are on sale now from Ticket Script